Paul Wescott was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1904, and attended the Art Institute of Chicago. He also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he received the Toppan Landscape Prize and the Cresson European Traveling Scholarship in 1930. Upon his return from Europe in 1932, he assumed the directorship of the art department of the Hill School in Pottstown, PA, where he taught until 1952.
Wescott lived in West Chester, PA, and summered at his house in Friendship, Maine. The timelessness of his landscape and coastal paintings, always done in muted and permeating colors, achieve the quiet yet powerful tonality of nature.
He was a member of the National Academy of Design, honorary Board Member of the Chester County Art Association and vice President of the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
He exhibited extensively throughout the country at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Annuals, 1934-1968; the National Academy of Design Annuals, 1934-1968; Philadelphia Art Alliance, Chicago Art Institute, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Butler Art Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Farnsworth Museum, among many others.
His awards include: the Ranger Fund Purchase Prize, Olerig Prize, three Palmer Marine Prizes, Altman Prize, and Carnegie prize, all from the National Academy of Design; Lambert Fund Purchase Prize and Butler Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Copeland Purchase Prize, Delaware Art Museum; two Purchase Prizes, University of Delaware; Philadelphia Sketch Club Medal; Butler Art Institute Purchase Prize; Huston Purchase Prize; First Miami National Prize, and numerous others.
The artist died in 1970.